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First and Last and Always

The Sisters Of Mercy Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Jun 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merciful Release
  • ASIN: B000026HC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some special atmosphere... 11 April 2001
By Rawse
Format:Audio CD
I only discovered 'goth' music properly a couple of years ago at uni, but was aware of the Sisters for a number of years. The first album I bought by this band was 'A Slight Case Of Overbombing' owing to the fact that I liked 'Under the gun' and 'Temple of love' plus recommendations from friends. However, the tracks from this album affected me most. After hearing it in its entirety I can simply say that it is absolutely amazing. Every song is smooth, dark and atmospheric - stand out tracks would have to be the gothic dream of drowning in love, 'Marian' and the paranoia of 'Walk Away' which has fantastic clanging guitar work. From this period I think only 'Night Time' by Killing Joke is able to measure up. This music could not he made today without sounding premeditated. SHakeshakeshake....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely timeless, perfect record 9 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is easily one of my top three favourite albums of all time. And since it would be difficult for me to name the other two right away it's probably fair to say that this Sisters album is the one I would keep if I had to destroy all my other records, CDs, tapes, etc.
While the music on First and Last and Always does remind me of the days of my youth quite a bit, I also find it to be absolutely timeless. Everytime I listen to it, from the ominious opening chords of Black Planet to the fade of the overwhelming Some Kind of Stranger, it grips me and takes me on a journey, just as if I were listening to it for the first time.
For me, this album is one of the most passionate pieces of music I know and will ever know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Kind of Masterpiece 1 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Simply one of the best albums you will ever hear. The Sisters of Mercy had the world in the palm of their hands when they wrote this yet through internal wranglings they split up (only to later emerge in disguise as just the lead singer - with a much narrower sound). This album though from the crashing piano opening of Black Planet to the fadeout of Some Kind of Stranger is sheer classic. Heard it first over 15 years ago. It is still as good now as it was then. I urge anyone who loves the diversity of music to listen. You will NOT be disapointed. The Sisters Of Mercy original line up - sorely missed in an age of plastic pretend pop music
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sisters of Mercy - First And Last And Always 22 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album, when I first heard it, comsumed me completely; it awoke in me a feeling of awe, a feeling that I had never experienced before and expect never to feel again. This album is, in so many ways, unique; the only album the "True" Sisters Of Mercy released, the only album that contains the brilliant guitar team of Gary Marx and Wayne Hussey, carried by Craig Adams' powerful bass and, of course, the cold, harsh voice of Andrew Eldrich and the constant passionless pulse of Doktor Avalanche. This album stirs thew soul, it is the embodiment of that time when music had reached a new plateau; so nilhistic, so cruel and yet it is an epiphany, a self realisation. The title track begins with tinny guitar accomaniment, which is then picked up and carried by Adams' rich, deep bass chords before, finally, the voice of the venerable Doktor brings forth Eldrich, the death of love and the promise of only failure and accepance of defeat. No Time To Cry takes from us what hope we may have once held onto, A Rock And A Hard Place shows us the worth of love and life and Marian sings of lost love and love unfulfilled. This album, is so cold and devoid of passion; it is still one of the most powerful albums ever released and I dare anyone to listen to this and not be moved by it. AND THEY ONLY GAVE ME FIVE STARS TO VOTE WITH!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Post Punk Classic! 24 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was only 10 years old when this album came out. However I only got to listen to the whole thing years later, in 1991. Even though I lived in Brazil, I was already familiar with a couple of tracks from the disc because (strange as it may seem) it got quite a bit of airplay in some radio stations near where I lived. At the time I finaly got the album, I was into heavy metal and hard rock, but my novice musical taste didn't prevent me from realizing "First And Last And Always" was a damn good record. Since then I slowly made my way through the Sisters' influences (Velvet Underground, Motorhead, Stooges, Rolling Stones, etc.). Now older and with a better understanding and sense of appreciation the 60's and 70's great rock'n'roll acts, I still go back to this album, and every time I listen to it it still amazes me. You may not like the goth stereotype but this album is way beyond that: IT GOT GREAT SONGS! The production fits the themes very well, translating the sense of despair, lost love and worry into an ethereal atmosphere that meets Eldrich's lyrics and outherwordly voice. After 20 years it still my all-time favourite album!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Sisters album, but is music released after Some Girls Wonder By Mistake. So we move to the next phase in the Sisters evolution, a minor change to the line up as we see Ben Gun leave, and be replaced by Wayne Hussey. Hussey seems to take a much more active role in the Sisters writing than Gun, and contributes heavily to this album. The first half are songs predominantly written by Hussey, they are much more popy than previous releases, but still have the Sisters quality behind them. The second half is written predominantly by Gary Marx, a cofounder of the Sisters, the songs are deeper and more like previous releases. All lyrics are written by Eldritch and as always prove that he is a lyrical genius. The contrast between the two halves, shows an almost transitional phase, between the past, and a potential future. This is a truly great album and holds some classic tracks, Some Kind of Stranger being my personal favourite. Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mo if pressing
Although this is a lighter 150g movie, I found it to be every bit as good as the 180g ones. Good music, good service.
Published 15 months ago by sondeksteve
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album
I think Sisters of Mercy were at that time some kind of Good in earth. They sound either melodic, passion, strenght and redeemer with a quality that is completely unfair to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by pferr
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing moments.... A first listen to First and Last....
This is what God would have created on the 7th day if he wasn't resting. From the opening notes of "Black Planet" to the closing beat of "Some Kind Of Stranger" it's pure listening... Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Grumpy Old Goth
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest!
It's 2010 and quite simply put this is the greatest album ever made. It is perfect in every way. I can play it endlessly and discover more in it with every play. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2010 by sbdags
4.0 out of 5 stars Goth Rock Started Here
For a brief moment in time back in the early Eighties, the hard rocking Leeds-based outfit The Sisters Of Mercy could apparently do no wrong. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2010 by P. Frizelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Brooding and Brilliant.
This is industrial strength mid-80's rock (dare I say Goth?) at its absolute best without a doubt. Dark, heavy, emotional. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Bob Monkhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a valid album after all these years.
I remember my brother buying this for my birthday in 1987 because I was in to The Mission (The Mission UK). Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2007 by PalominBeaut
5.0 out of 5 stars The lizard kings of goth rock
"First And Last And Always" remains a landmark in the history of gloomy rock - a near perfect mix of drum machine, rumbling bass, Celtic guitars and baritone vocals. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2006 by C. Wareham
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive
Not only the best versions of the album tracks, but also nice clean and sparkly CD renditions of 'Bury Me Deep' and 'Poison Door'. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2006 by D. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Finally the original remixes on CD. This together with remastered b-sides to No Time To Cry 12" and Walk Away 12". Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2006 by Johan Åman Skoog
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